Issue 67
October 2016
In this issue: 
"Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.'"Meditations on Mercy
Rosary and Adoration for Life
This Respect Life Month let us come together for Rosary and  Adoration for Life, in support of all life issues and concerns. We encourage you to attend Rosary and  Adoration in your parish, a parish near you or a parish near your employment. Please see the calendar for prayer opportunities.

View or download the October Calendar to see which parish is having
Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary for Life each day.

Respect Life Events
Respect Life Contest 2017
Contest Theme - MOVED BY MERCY
The Diocesan Respect Life Office is excited to announce the 15th Annual Youth Respect Life Contest for grades 7-8 (Level ONE), and grades 9-12 (Level TWO.) We welcome all Catholic youth in the Rockville Centre Diocese attending Catholic elementary, high schools or parish programs including religious education, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups and youth choirs to participate. We encourage children with special needs to also participate.

"You are the salt of the earth. . . You are the light of the world. . . your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father" (Matthew 5: 13, 14, 16).

This campaign raises funds to support maternity residences in our diocese. The economic requirements of this ministry are substantial and your active assistance would be greatly appreciated.

The Respect Life Office's annual Advent program helps support young mothers in maternity homes on Long Island who have chosen life.

Your generous donation will help maternity Homes on Long Island:
  • Regina Maternity Services
  • Mother of Good Counsel Home
  • Momma's House
  • Bethany house
March For Life 2017

Join us on January 27, 2017 as we come together to support Life. For more information or to download registration forms visit our website.

Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training

Now available online for Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training. Please go to our website to start your training and gain insightful knowledge on Respect Life Issues or Concern's.

Educación en línea  construyendo una cultura de vida, Educación y Formación General Para el Ministerio Parroquial de  Respeto a la Vida

El entrenamiento en línea de Educación y formación general para el Ministerio Parroquial del Respeto a la Vida, está ahora disponible. Por favor, vaya a nuestra página del internet para empezar su entrenamiento y obtenga conocimiento profundo sobre asuntos del respeto a la vida y otros asuntos.

Human Trafficking - What is it?
By: Nicole Quaranto
Many Americans hold the belief that slavery was abolished in the United States with the passing of the 13th Amendment back in 1865. However, countless Americans remain unaware that modern day slavery is still present throughout the country - in the form of human trafficking.

The United States Department of State defines human trafficking as "the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion." ( It's certainly a heavy topic, so let's break it down a little.

Human trafficking occurs when a victim - most often a child, teenager or vulnerable person - is either abducted or tricked into being forced to obey the demands of a perpetrator. These perpetrators usually use forms of coercion or threats in order to essentially "enslave" the victim for his or her personal use. This personal use is demonstrated through sexual, mental, and physical abuse - often encompassing rape, harassment and manual labor. Read More

Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship ( en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.  For more information visit   our website.

You will also find

Urge AMA to Maintain Opposition to Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

Dear Friends, 

At its June 2016 meeting, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates adopted a resolution to consider changing the AMA's decades-long position against doctor-prescribed suicide to one of "neutrality." The AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs will study this proposed change and provide a recommendation to the House of Delegates at its June 2017 meeting. Opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide by national and state medical associations has been critical to preserving laws against the practice. Therefore, it is very important that physicians in particular, but also other individuals and organizations, urge the AMA to maintain its opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia.

Attached is an action alert with talking points that I ask you to disseminate to any physicians you know who would oppose the AMA adopting "neutrality" on doctor-prescribed suicide, and to your grassroots in general. I would also be grateful if you would share with my office any information from physicians or others in your state that might be helpful in this effort to urge the AMA to maintain its opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide. 

Thank you! 
In Christ, 
Greg Schleppenbach 
Associate Director Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities 
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  

Moved By Mercy
September 23, 2016 | En Español
By Anne McGuire 

On a recent drive home from work, I pushed "play" on my audiobook to pass the 
time in traffic. It's not an unusual activity for me, but what I didn't anticipate  was my own bittersweet heartbreak. 

As the author shared stories of her visit to Africa, she spoke of one place preserved from the destitution she had witnessed elsewhere. One building in particular, though small and simple, was nicer than others she had seen. But the reason for its better conditions cuts to the heart: it was a hospice home  for children. 

In this home lived a little girl, with whom the author became fast friends the day they met, each blessing the other with the love they both needed. As the author continued reading, she shared her desire to do something to help the people she'd fallen in love with. 

It's so easy to feel discouraged by the thought of all that is wrong in our world, to feel that our personal efforts wouldn't really matter or make a difference. But the author's reflections reminded me of the incredibly personal nature of large-scale issues. 

Our world's tragedies aren't faceless. They are the experiences of individual people who have faces, names, and their own stories. It's hard to wrap our heads around large-scale suffering, but its personal nature means that anyone can make a concrete difference-person to person. One of my favorite parts of Pope Francis's official Jubilee of Mercy proclamation (Misericordiae vultus) describes God's mercy as "a concrete reality with which he reveals his love as of that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child. . . . It gushes forth from the depths naturally, full of tenderness and compassion." 

Having been made in God's image and likeness, we are called to love as he loves, to be moved as he is moved. Everything we believe and do as Catholics is rooted in this love. Just as God cherishes each person, so too, we are called to cherish one another. 

The 2016-17 Respect Life Program, beginning in October with the celebration of Respect Life Month and continuing through next September, explores what this means through the theme "Moved by Mercy."   Read More

The Purpose of the Spiritual Adoption Program is threefold:
  • Encourage parishes, schools and other communities to pray for babies in danger of abortion.
  • Educate adults and children about the development of the pre-born child.
  • Provide mothers in need with assistance at a 'baby shower' of donated baby gifts, or simply celebrate with a 'birthday party' at the conclusion of the program. In some schools a crib was bought with monetary gifts and the children filled a crib with gifts for expectant Mothers.
This is done by encouraging people to "spiritually adopt" an unborn baby, and to follow their baby along the path to being born.  Read more
assist Gianna of Long Island
Center for Women's Health & Fertility

Comprehensive, Cooperative: A Unique New Approach to Women's Health and Wellness
Our highly skilled team is delighted to offer an exciting approach to women's health care. We provide preventive and specialized obstetrical and gynecologic care to women, honoring their dignity and the sanctity of human life. While we are successfully able to address male infertility as well, we are uniquely qualified to care for women of all ages and at all stages of life.

Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna of Long Island Center for Women's Health & Fertility is pleased to feature two unique women's health services-the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, both of which allow us to provide women with a natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.
CHS's Gianna Center and Pregnancy Support Website

Catholic Health Services (CHS) now offers a dedicated, interactive website section for the Gianna Center and its pregnancy support services. The Gianna Center based at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers highly specialized restorative reproductive medicine in accordance with Catholic teaching, under the medical direction of Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC. Also, assistance is available for anyone with unexpected or crisis pregnancy through a one-call outreach program connecting to community resources.

The confidential, dedicated telephone number for this program is  1 (855) 301-4CHS , supported by the availability of multilingual interpretive services. Anyone of any faith may call or refer to this support line, including representatives of parishes, colleges and crisis pregnancy centers, to facilitate safe, nonjudgmental companioning for women and couples in a crisis pregnancy. To speak to someone about pregnancy options immediately between 7:00 pm and 7:30 am Monday to Friday or on the weekend, please call  1 (800) 712-HELP (4357).

Do you know someone who is suffering abortion loss, their is hope and healing after abortion.
Project Rachel Hope After Abortion 

I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion... do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope...the Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation."  (Evangelium Vitae no. 99, John Paul II)

Project Rachel Hope After Abortion website or call the Respect Life Office's confidential hotline: 1-888-456-HOPE (se habla espanol) to begin healing after abortion loss.

Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing for Women 

Prayer and Healing Retreats, help those suffering the effects of abortion. We offer a safe place, a way out of the pain, in a non-judgmental atmosphere. All retreats are  led by the Sisters of Life and women who have experienced both the suffering of abortion and the joy of healing in Christ. 

For more information visit our website
Entering Canaan
for women

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016 
(in Spanish)
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016 
(Long Island) More Information
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017 
(in Spanish)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017

For more information or to register contact 

 Sisters of Life 
866.575.0075 (toll free)

 Theresa Bonopartis 
877.586.4621 (toll free) 

Entering Canaan
for Men

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Contact Lumina 
877.586.4621  (toll free) 
The Advocate Newsletter
New from the Education Department

The Diocese of Rockville Centre Education Department is happy to share with you the first issue of The Advocate - a bi-monthly newsletter celebrating the cultural diversity in our Catholic Schools and on Long Island. Read Newsletter
Suggested Back to School Reading 
Relax by the pool, beach or on the patio with a good book from our reading list.
Rosary and Adoration for Life 2016View calendar
Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi
"Blessed are those who hear the word of God  and observe it." LK 11:28

Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus
"Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. "
St. Teresa

Celebrating Inclusion Awareness Liturgy and Lunch We Are One Flock   (Celebrate Inclusion Awareness for Adults with Special Needs and Those Who Journey with Them)
Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. LK 10:1-9

Respect Life Sunday
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,  with all your being,  with all your strength,
and with all your mind." Luke 10:27
Walk to Prevent Suicide (More Information)
Location: Jones Beach State Park 1 Ocean Parkway
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

28th Annual Mass For Deceased Children
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostle s
"Jesus went up to the mountain to pray,  and he spent the night in prayer to God.  When day came, he called his disciples to himself,  and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles." LK 6:13


Word of Life - English                         
Including a Prayer for a Mother Before Childbirth and Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for an Expectant Mother 
Please include these in your Sunday Bulletin.   
Additional Respect Life Informational Websites
Allison O'Brien, Director
S. Elizabeth A. Geraghty, CSJ Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator
Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant

Ashley Foster, Media Specialist

50 North Park Ave.
F: (516) 536-3473
Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
P: (516) 678-5800
Exts.626 & 381